Online cannabis sales make sense
The manner in which weed will be sold seems to have government officials stumped. Ontario’s recent decision to sell weed through government outlets is going to be a disaster and I strongly urge Albertan officials to reject this model.
The status quo for legal marijuana distribution is through the mail — and attempting to change this makes little sense. Marijuana is the perfect product to distribute by online mail order.
Unlike booze, marijuana is lightweight and compact. A single shipment can last many recreational users months. Trying to sell marijuana the same way you sell booze does not make sense.
There is a social stigma about publicly purchasing marijuana so consumers prefer the anonymity of online purchases.
Online mail order is the most cost-efficient model. This means the online distributor will always be able to undercut his competitors. Mail distribution is how all medical marijuana in Canada is presently distributed and the system works great.
This is the model Albertans should be looking to, with as few brick-and-mortar outlets as possible. The days of the back-alley pot dealer are pretty much over; I just hope our governments are smart enough to look at what is working now as opposed to imposing an expensive system that flies in the face of what people truly want. Bryan Tronsgard, Edmonton